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1 Mock Examination : ACCA Paper F9 Financial Management Session : June 2014 Prepared by : Mr Ian Lim Your Contact Number : I wish to have my script marked by the lecturer and collect the marked script at the SAA-GE Reception Counter me the marked script to (Please submit your script latest by 9 th May 2014 for marking) SAA GLOBAL EDUCATION CENTRE PTE LTD Company Registration No N 111 Somerset Road, TripleOne Somerset #06-01/02 Singapore Tel: (65) Fax: (65) Website:

2 ALL FOUR questions are compulsory and MUST be attempted QUESTION 1 Recent financial information relating to Close Co, a stock market listed company, is as follows. $m Profit after tax (earnings) 66 6 Dividends 40 0 Statement of financial position information: $m $m Non-current assets 595 Current assets 125 Total assets 720 Current liabilities 70 Equity Ordinary shares ($1 nominal) 80 Reserves 410 Non-current liabilities 6% Bank loan 40 8% Bonds ($100 nominal) Financial analysts have forecast that the dividends of Close Co will grow in the future at a rate of 4% per year. This is slightly less than the forecast growth rate of the profit after tax (earnings) of the company, which is 5% per year. The finance director of Close Co thinks that, considering the risk associated with expected earnings growth, an earnings yield of 11% per year can be used for valuation purposes. Close Co has a cost of equity of 10% per year and a before-tax cost of debt of 7% per year. The 8% bonds will be redeemed at nominal value in six years time. Close Co pays tax at an annual rate of 30% per year and the ex-dividend share price of the company is $8 50 per share. Required: (a) Calculate the value of Close Co using the following methods: (i) net asset value method; (ii) dividend growth model; (iii) earnings yield method. (5 marks) (b) Discuss the weaknesses of the dividend growth model as a way of valuing a company and its shares. (5 marks) (c) Calculate the weighted average after-tax cost of capital of Close Co using market values where appropriate. (8 marks) (d) Discuss the circumstances under which the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) can be used as a discount rate in investment appraisal. Briefly indicate alternative approaches that could be adopted when using the WACC is not appropriate. (25 marks) Page 1

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4 QUESTION 3 Extracts from the recent financial statements of Bold Co are given below. $000 Turnover 21,300 Cost of sales 16,400 Gross profit 4,900 $000 $000 Non-current assets 3,000 Current assets Inventory 4,500 Trade receivables 3,500 8,000 Total assets 11,000 Current liabilities Trade payables 3,000 Overdraft 3,000 Equity Ordinary shares 1,000 Reserves 1,000 Non-current liabilities Page 3 ====== 6,000 2,000 Bonds 3,000 11,000 ====== A factor has offered to manage the trade receivables of Bold Co in a servicing and factor-financing agreement. The factor expects to reduce the average trade receivables period of Bold Co from its current level to 35 days; to reduce bad debts from 0 9% of turnover to 0 6% of turnover; and to save Bold Co $40,000 per year in administration costs. The factor would also make an advance to Bold Co of 80% of the revised book value of trade receivables. The interest rate on the advance would be 2% higher than the 7% that Bold Co currently pays on its overdraft. The factor would charge a fee of 0 75% of turnover on a with-recourse basis, or a fee of 1 25% of turnover on a non-recourse basis. Assume that there are 365 working days in each year and that all sales and supplies are on credit. Required: (a) Explain the meaning of the term cash operating cycle and discuss the relationship between the cash operating cycle and the level of investment in working capital. Your answer should include a discussion of relevant working capital policy and the nature of business operations. (b) Calculate the cash operating cycle of Bold Co. (Ignore the factor s offer in this part of the question). (4 marks) (c) Calculate the value of the factor s offer: (i) on a with-recourse basis; (ii) on a non-recourse basis. (d) Comment on the financial acceptability of the factor s offer and discuss the possible benefits to Bold Co of factoring its trade receivables. (25 marks)

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